Descartes: Second Meditation Recap Lets very briefly recap the 1st meditation. Descartes says that if we really think about it, pretty much everything we know can be called into doubt. Knowledge is typically viewed as what we learn from experience but everything we experience when we (think we) are awake is exactly the same […]Read More What is the Only Thing You Can Know For Certain?
Chapter 2 How Can We Discover A Moral Law? One of the overarching goals of Kant’s Metaphysic of Morals is that there is a moral law that all rational beings ought to follow–even when they are tempted to do otherwise. The problem is, how do we discover such a law, if one even exists? […]Read More If You Were Purely Rational, How Would You Behave?
Unfinished Business (Sounds like a bad 80s action movie…) Before I continue with Kant I realised I forgot to make an important point in the previous post. It has to do with Kant’s formulation of the “golden rule” (the categorical imperative–in philoso-speak) versus other past formulations, such as “do unto others as you’d have […]Read More Problems With The Golden Rule and Scantily Clad Women
KANT…Kant…kant… There are several philosophers that are notoriously difficult to interpret–one of the guys that falls squarely in that category is Immauel Kant. His name strikes fear into philosophy students around the woooooorld. Being the glutton for punishment that I am I decided to take the Kant seminar that is being offered at U […]Read More Kant, Libertarians, and The Bible, Oh, My!
Hey y’all, I thought I’d do my best to lure in the non-philosophy types in an attempt to help you get your Descartes on. I’m doing a course on 17th Century philosophy and the first guy we’re studying is Descartes. A couple little facts on the fah-zhah of modern philosophy: 1. He was primarily interested […]Read More Descartes and the Origins of "The Matrix" and "Inception"
Texas. When this state is mentioned few people have neutral impressions. For people that were born here I’m sure they imagine positive things like friendly people, bbq’s, wholesome farm living, and sweet, sweet baby Jesus. For those of us that grew up far from this mystical land we generally imagine negative things such […]Read More Ramblings From "Texas, Yeah Texas" to Carnap